July 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

The type of lighting you select for a room can really change the look of your space.  Try adding drama by using slightly oversized lanterns in place of pendants or chandeliers.  Using lighting in this unexpected way can really make your room stand out…

Photo: Tommy Smythe


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Photo: Steven Gambrel Eric Piasecki Photography

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Design Trend: Lavender…

June 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

Lavender is a soft feminine color, but it’s use has been reinvented. This color—traditionally used in bedrooms or children’s rooms—has become a popular choice for more public spaces.  To do this successfully, the color you select is very important.  This shade of lavender reads as almost gray. This modern color gives a fresh look to this traditional home…

Photo: Canadian House and Home


Using a color like lavender in a public space can be a challenge.  Adding deeper hues to a lavender scheme can make it more universal, like in this room by PIERCE -ALLEN.  I love this color combination…



The way lavender is perceived can be influenced by the colors it is used with. This room by Anne Coyle is brilliant example of transforming lavender through the use of color.   The use of black gives a more masculine feel to this feminine color.

Photo: Anne Coyle


Why not try using a deeper shade instead?  Who needs lavender in a room like this…

Photo: House Beautiful

Color palette swatches by Benjamin Moore:  Scheme 1 – Lavender Mist, Mystical Blue, Athenian Blue, Bryant Gold.  Scheme 2 – Plum Royale, Beach Plum, Yellow Iris, Racing Orange.  Scheme 3 – Beach Plum, Black Tar, Bryant Gold, Stuart Gold.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2011 – Vintage Wine #2116-20

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Benjamin Moore has unveiled their color of the year, Vintage Wine #2116-20.  This deep hue is best used as an accent.  Shown above, this nook is given a cozy feel by just painting one wall with this rich color.  (A nice departure from the usual “white mudroom” look.)  This color is warm and welcoming.  Not up for painting?…Here are some other ways to bring this sophisticated color into your own home.

Flori Thistle 20″ Pillow, Crate and Barrel

Undersea Area Rug

Undersea Area Rug, Home Decorators Collection

5 bottle bud vase, CB2

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